Hand-in-hand with my last post on overts, comes this one about responsibility. It stems from the same email my husband received, where he was being slammed for pointing out the natter in the Field and what it signifies. The emailer told the tale of another Scientologist who has suffered a series of tragedies that he lays at the feet of COB and CofS, thus justifying this fellow’s natter. In other words, this fellow was a victim. Wow, what an outpoint.
Being a victim is the polar opposite of what we strive for as Scientologists. We want to be fully at cause over our lives and the physical universe. Every course we take, every auditing action we do, are designed to help us become more at cause. We should never wallow in victimhood. Sure, life slaps us around and bad things happen. We’re still on planet Earth after all. But the degree to which we can spot what responsibility we have in those bad things, is the degree of cause we can accept. To help illustrate this point, let me craft a completely fictitious example.
Let’s say I was driving home from work one day when, BAM! Someone runs their red light and T-bones my car. Not only is my car totaled, but my leg and arm are badly broken, leaving me unable to work for an extended time. I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I was driving the speed limit, minding my own business. I lead a good life, don’t go around committing crimes. Why did this happen to me?!
Well, in this imaginary incident, let’s say I decided to not be a victim and instead looked at what responsibility I could take. Lo, and behold, I realize that when my alarm clock went off that morning, I decided to not get up yet. That lead to my being late to work, causing me to have to stay late to make up the time. Had that not happened, I wouldn’t have been in that intersection at the time the fellow ran the red light. So there, I’ve found something I could take responsibility for and could put myself back at cause.
Important: Taking responsibility for what happened to me does not lessen the overt of the person who ran the light and hit me. He is still at fault in the eyes of the law and with his own case.
That was a rather simple example. It could be something much harder to spot. Perhaps it goes back to a prior lifetime, maybe retribution for some planet I blew up. Who knows? Outside of an auditing session I certainly shouldn’t be listing on what I did to deserve the present time trouble. That’s not the point.
The point is simply realizing there’s something we did, at some point on our timetrack, to pull in the bad things. Realizing that helps us move more at cause. So the next time you find yourself thinking you’re being victimized, bullied, whatever, if you can’t get in session, at least accept the idea you had some responsibility for what happened. You’ll feel a whole lot better.